Simply put, microcredentials certify the learning outcomes of short-term learning experiences, for example a short course or training. They offer a flexible, targeted way to help people develop the knowledge, skills and competences they need for their personal and professional development (European Commission, 2021).
However, an official, widely shared definition is not yet available. For this reason, the European Commission has recently published a proposal for a Council Recommendation on micro-credentials, in which it recommends a common definition of micro-credentials for all EU Member States, standard elements for their description; and key principles for their design and issuance.
Microcredentials are offered by a variety of providers. You can think of education and training institutions and organisations, social partners, employers and industry, civil society organisations and national authorities. Given their flexibility, micro-credentials can be provided in many different formal, non-formal and informal learning settings. (European Commission, 2021)
Microcredential programmes provide the learner a very focused curriculum. It offers a flexible, targeted way to help them develop the knowledge, skills and competences they need in a professional environment.
Microcredentials can help employers to identify job candidates with the right skills, or provide the right type of focused training to their employees.
For Higher Education Institutes (HEIs), microcredentials are a great way to repackage traditional offerings to prepare more work-ready graduates (Mark Brown & Mairéad Nic Giolla Mhichil, 2021).
The Common Microcredential Framework (CMF) is developed by the European MOOC Consortium. CMF uses the European Qualification Framework (and other national qualification frameworks of recognised universities) to provide high-quality courses that award academic credit.
Courses can be awarded by CMF if they meet the following specifications:
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